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September 13, 2012

Crash course to make its debut in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — A popular crash prevention course given by AAA is set to make it’s debut in Stillwater.

AAA Oklahoma’s Motor Vehicle Crash Prevention Course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Oklahoma Room of Exchange Bank. The cost is $20 for AAA members and $30 for non-members.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said the program’s arrival to Stillwater has been a longtime coming.

“The expansion of the motor vehicle crash prevention course is something that we have been working toward for quite a while,” Mai said.

The local AAA office had it’s grand opening three months ago.

“It’s been up and running for four months now and it’s a full service office,” he said. “Not all our offices are.”

The course will be instructed by AAA-certified Mark “the Safety Guy” Sprayberry.

“He’s been teaching for us in Midwest City for six or seven years,” Mai said. “As his name suggests, he calls himself the safety guy, but he’s the Ground Safety Specialist out there at Tinker Air Force Base. He really knows his stuff and he communicates well and is able to instill in those who take his course the importance of doing all they can to reduce their risk on the road.”

The course is open to drivers of all ages. There are other incentives for taking the course.

“Frankly, there are two reasons why people take this course,” Mai said. “One is to improve their driving skills, which for drivers, tend to diminish as we age, and the other is for auto insurance discounts.”

The completion of the course qualifies motorists for a three-year auto insurance discount through most insurance carriers.

“It’s well worth the $20 or $30 investment that you’ll recoup very easily and quickly on your auto insurance premiums,” he said.

Mai said he hopes they will be able to continue the program at least twice a year and, ideally, quarterly. He said it’s good to review what you have already learned and to brush up on changes.

“For example, the traffic safety experts use to tell us to grip the steering wheel at 10 and 2 o’clock,” he said. “Now, because of airbags in the center of the steering wheel, the advice is to grip the wheel at 4 and 8 because if you are up there at 10 and 2 and the airbag deploys it will drive your hands and arms into your body.”

Mai said AAA is a non-profit organization.

To register for the course, call Sheryl Williams in Tulsa at 1-800-222-2582 or visit www.aaa.com. Pre-registration is required.

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